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How to convert DVDs to MP4 files in Windows or Mac OS X

A decade ago, having a massive DVD collection was something to be proud of. Merely owning the Seinfeld collection, Pulp Fiction, and the entirety of the Star Wars saga made you something of a celebrity among your friends. These days, however, we live in a world where we want every movie and TV show we own to be available at our fingertips on every electronic device in our arsenal. Shelves chock full of movies now seem overly cumbersome, but they’re also an unnecessary waste of space that can be better used for something else. On top of that, we all know how boring a flight or train ride can be without access to a robust library of entertainment.

Fortunately, there is more than one way to convert DVDs to a format that’s compatible with a wide range of devices. For that purpose, we prefer MP4.

With that in mind, here’s our guide on how to convert DVD files to MP4s, whether you’re using Windows or Mac OS X. Keep in mind that reproducing copyrighted material is illegal, so be mindful of whether or not the movie you are ripping is protected. Furthermore, feel free to check out our guide on converting AVIs to DVD and our picks for the best free CD and DVD burning software.

Movavi Video Converter (Windows/Mac OS X) — Free

Step 1: Download and install Movavi

Head over to the main Movavi conversion page and click the green Download Now button. Afterward, open the installer and follow the on-screen instructions. Launch the application once installed.

Mov Download Image

Step 2: Add a DVD

Once open, click the Add DVD option with the plus sign. Choose the DVD you want to convert into an MP4 from its location.

Add DVD

Step 3: Choose a preset and convert

Once the file you wish to convert is selected, a list of customizable presets will appear at the bottom of the application window. Click the drop-down menu directly to the right of Convert to, and select MP4 (*.mp4) from the list of available formats. Afterward, click the gray Browse button at the bottom, select your desired save location for the file, and click the Convert option in the lower-right corner to start the conversion process.

Convert MP4

Freemake Video Converter (Windows/Mac OS X) — Free

Step 1: Download and install Freemake Video Converter

Head over to the main Freemake website, click the green Download button in the upper-right corner, and choose your desired save location. Then, launch the installer and follow the on-screen instructions. Open the application once installed.

Step 2: Select a DVD

Once open, click the DVD option at the top with the addition sign, and choose the DVD you want to convert into an MP4 from its location.

Plus DVD

Step 3: Choose a preset and convert

Select the file you wish to convert and click the convert to MP4 option at the bottom of the application window. Afterward, choose your desired video quality from the drop-down menu at the top of the window, and click the blue ellipses to select a save location for the converted file. If desired, click the green addition sign underneath the video quality to adjust things like bit rate and frame rate. Click the blue Convert button when finished.

Conversion Settings

WinX DVD Ripper (Windows/Mac OS X) — Free

Step 1: Download and install WinX DVD Ripper

Navigate to the main WinX DVD Ripper homepage and click the green Free Download button. Afterward, launch the executable file and follow the on-screen instructions. Open the application once installed.

WinRip

Step 2: Select a DVD

Once open, click the DVD Disc button and choose the DVD you want to convert into an MP4 from its location.

Step 3:  Choose a preset and convert

Select the file you wish to convert from the list of available options and click the to MP4 tab in the lower-left corner. Afterward, select a save location for the MP4 and choose your desired audio and video settings in the menu underneath. Click the large Start button located in the bottom right to begin the conversion process.

Ripping Hitch the Movie

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